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ABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar winners Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis and Emma Stone didn't let the Best Picture Oscar flub affect their award-winning night. The three actors, who all won in their respective categories, are addressing the Oscar mix-up head on and how they recovered from the uncomfortable moment.

After it was revealed that an envelope mix-up caused Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to incorrectly announce La La Land as the winner of Best Picture instead of Moonlight, the film's Best Supporting Actor winner Ali, reflected on the surreal moment backstage.

"I didn't even know what to do," Ali tells ABC News' Amy Robach. "I think I needed to hear them say it multiple times and really pull us up, but [producer] Jordan [Horowitz] who was speaking and accepting on behalf of La La Land is such a great guy, such a generous generous guy, that of course he was the one who said, 'Oh, we didn't win? Bring them up here.'  And I just absolutely love all of those folks up there."

Davis, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Fences and gave an epic speech, also was dumbfounded by the mix-up.

"Shock. Amazement. I think I lost my breath," Davis explains. "I did. I think if I had seen that in the movies, I would have said, 'That is so unrealistic!'"

While the error was undeniably shocking for the all parties involved, La La Land's Best Actress winner, Emma Stone, seemed genuinely happy for her best-picture competitors.

"I mean, I am so beyond excited for Moonlight," she said. "I think Moonlight is one of the greatest films of all time, so as far as I'm concerned I think this is the coolest outcome ever but the process of getting there was a trip!"

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ABC/Eike Schroter(NEW YORK ) -- The new ABC miniseries When We Rise, beginning tonight, tells the mostly-unknown story behind the LGBT movement in the U.S., and the people who dedicated their lives to equality for gay men and women.

The miniseries was written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, and stars Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michelle K. Williams and Ivory Aquino as the real-life heroes of the movement.

"This covers four-and-a-half decades," Dustin Lance Black tells ABC Radio.  The screenwriter, who won the Oscar for writing the 2008 film Milk, adds, "We go back to 1971, it comes all the way to 2013, and these are people who dedicated themselves to equality."

"That's really all we're doing is sharing who we are," he adds.  Black, who grew up in a Mormon household in San Antonio, Texas, tells ABC Radio, "It's an introduction of my LGBT family to my Southern family. That's how I've always seen this series and I do hope my Southern family and beyond -- we might not agree all the time -- but I do think they'll relate to the struggle of, of, of these LGBT families and these moms who are trying to raise their kids."

"I hope people, when they tune in and watch this, understand that we are stronger together," Black says when asked what he hopes viewers will take away from When We Rise.  "Yes, we're in, we're in divisive times right now, but we can lock arms. We can come together and we can start to move forward again." 

When We Rise starts tonight, February 27 at 9 pm. ET, and runs through March 3 on ABC.

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Venturelli/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedian Steve Harvey is weighing in on the embarrassing mix-up that went down at the Oscars Sunday night when La La Land was mistakenly named Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards.

After Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had announced that La La Land won for Best Picture, it was revealed that Beatty had been handed the wrong envelope and that Barry Jenkins' Moonlight was the actual winner.

"Guys, this is very unfortunate what happened," Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel said while on stage. "I blame Steve Harvey for this."

The mix-up, which went viral overnight, drew immediate comparisons to Harvey's infamous 2015 Miss Universe pageant flub, when he incorrectly announced Miss Colombia as the winner instead of Miss Philippines, who had actually won.

"Good morning everybody!" Harvey tweeted early Monday morning addressing Sunday's Oscars. "Went to sleep early last night. So... what I miss? #Oscars."

The comedian-host continued, telling fans to tune into his radio show to hear his comments on the Oscars mix-up. "You Know I have something to say," he wrote.

He then took a playful jab at Beatty by offering his help.

"Call me Warren Beatty. I can help you get through this! #Oscars," he said.

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AMC/Gene Page(NEW YORK) -- Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead took place sometime before the last one, sometime after Dwight escaped the Saviors' Sanctuary, and Negan kidnapped Eugene.

To his horror, Dwight discovers Daryl's gone; a handwritten note telling Daryl to leave, and the dead body of Fat Joseph, who Daryl killed.

Eugene is brought to a room in the Sanctuary; surprisingly, it's well-stocked with amenities.

Dwight meanwhile, gets thrown a beating for losing Daryl, and locked up by Negan, who addresses him through the door of Daryl's old cell.

Negan tells Dwight that not only did he discover Daryl had flown the coop, but that Dwight's former wife, Sherri -- who Negan stole from him -- might have been the one who let him escape.

Dwight proves his loyalty, then vows to Negan he'll bring Sherri back.

Meanwhile, a female Savior shows Eugene around, letting him know he's part of Negan's promised crew, who eat better than the rest. "You want something, you take it, Haircut," she tells him, before taking him to meet the man.

Negan shows Eugene Lucille -- which killed Eugene's friends Glenn and Abraham -- but also caught the bullet Eugene made and Rosita fired in a failed attempt to shoot Negan a few episodes ago. 

Negan wants to know if Eugene is a "smartypants" who can craft his own ammo. Thanks to Eugene's nervousness, Negan doesn't believe him. To improve his chances, Eugene again spins his lie about being a scientist, just like he did with Abraham back in the day.

Negan tests him to see if he could come up with a solution to keep the Sanctuary's security system -- walkers strung up on a fence -- and somehow Eugene passes the test with a plan to armor them with molten metal.

Negan is impressed, and promises him the company of some of his wives. "Sex is a huge no-no," he reminds Eugene. Eugene is happy to accept, and later shows off his Atari skills for the girls.

Eugene also impresses them by showing off an explosive science project using household products.

Meanwhile, Dwight ends up at a small house where he's sure Sherri's holed up. He finds a letter from her, and in voice-over she confirms she let Daryl go, and why she left -- telling him Dwight has become the kind of person he once feared.

The next day, two of the three girls show back up at Eugene's room and bemoan the fate of Amber, one of the three from the night before. They explain she wants to kill herself, and they look to Eugene to make something that would kill her in her sleep.

Eugene -- Dr. Eugene Porter, he claims -- sets off to start, demanding cold capsules from a Savior woman he reminds her he outranks.  

Meanwhile, back at the Sanctuary, Dwight lies, telling the doctor he killed Sherri who he said ran afoul of a group of walkers.

Later, Eugene and the others are gathered together by the furnace, where that doctor is being threatened to literally face Negan's hot iron treatment; he blames the doctor for Sherri's leaving.

Negan has apparently bought Dwight's line about Sherri getting killed by walkers; to back himself up, Dwight has stashed a piece of her letter -- the "Goodbye, Honey" closing -- in the doc's pocket.

Negan forces the doctor to take responsibility for letting Sherri escape. The doctor does -- we know he's lying -- and Negan tosses the iron down, sparing him the torture.

Instead, he railroads the doctor right into the furnace, headfirst.

Back at Eugene's room, the two girls come to collect the poison pills. Eugene deduces the pills were for Negan -- and he refuses to give them to her for that reason -- even though Negan killed his friends.

"You're a coward," one of the girls, Tanya, says to him. "That is a correct assessment," Eugene replies.

Soon after, Negan shows up to his room, Lucille in hand. He says, "I've got to ask you one question, and it's a big one."

"I am Negan," Eugene cuts him right off, proving his loyalty. 

Later, Eugene eats a pickle while the underlings use his molten metal idea to reinforce the "security" walkers. Dwight ambles up him and Eugene apologizes for "clamping down" on his nethers late last season.

"Are you on board?" Dwight asks. "I am, just like you," Eugene says quietly. We are Negan."

"Yeah," Dwight says, resigned their collective fate.

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, March 5 at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC.

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ABC/Eddy Chen(LOS ANGELES) -- It's no surprise that the final moments of this year's Oscars -- when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner -- also became the most talked-about moment of the Academy Awards backstage. 

A favorite moment both on-and-backstage was seeing Kevin O'Connell win his first Oscar for Sound Mixing -- after 21 nominations. O'Connell, a veteran of films like Top Gun and Spider-Man, finally took home the gold for Hacksaw Ridge. "As much as I thought I was gonna know what it would feel like, I didn't...I must tell you, it was the greatest feeling in my entire life," he said.

Actress Viola Davis was riveting onstage with her moving acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress.  Backstage, she called the win "the miracle of God, of dreaming big, and just hoping that it sticks and it lands, and it did!," adding she's "overwhelmed."

Her male counterpart, Casey Affleck, was in great spirits after his Best Actor win for Manchester by the Sea. Backstage, he told ABC Radio's Lynda Lopez that he saw his brother Ben crying as Casey made his speech. "I saw those tears and I thought maybe, maybe I'm just not making a good speech, and he's really disappointed," he laughed, adding, "I think he was probably touched." Ben's younger bro noted, "[N]ot to brag or anything -- but I think we are the only two brothers to win Academy Awards."

La La Land Best Actress Oscar winner Emma Stone called her win "incredibly surreal," adding although some thought Warren Beatty had gotten hold of her envelope, leading to the Moonlight flub, she insisted "I...was holding my 'Best Actress in a Leading Role' card that entire time. So whatever story, I don't mean to start stuff, but whatever story that was, I had that card."

Backstage, Moonlight's Best Supporting actor winner Mahershala Ali addressed the screw-up, noting it was awkward for him. "I didn't want to go up there an take anything from anybody," adding, "It's very hard to feel joy in a moment like that." However, he summed up, "I feel very fortunate for all of us to have walked away with the Best Picture award. It's pretty remarkable."

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Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine and Dafne Keen as Laura in "LOGAN"; Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- If you were hoping it wasn't true, we're sorry: Logan really will be the last time Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine.  Not only that, but Patrick Stewart also says it'll be his final time playing Professor Charles Xavier.

At a red carpet screening of Logan at the Time Warner Center in New York City Friday night, Jackman -- who first played Wolverine, aka Logan, in 2000's X-Men -- said the movie wasn't predicted to be a hit.

Jackman told ABC Radio, "A mate of mine...he's a producer in Hollywood, and he said 'I'll give you a tip: The word is on the street, it's going to tank.'"

Instead, X-Men kicked off the superhero movie craze, and Jackman wound up playing Wolverine a total of nine times.  But now, he says it's time to say goodbye, and Logan is the perfect swan song.

"It feels perfect to me. [Director] James Mangold, I owe everything to that guy...And I said to Jim, "It's my last one. I've got this idea, we do something a little more like The Wrestler, or Unforgiven and he mentioned Shane and The Gauntlet and I said, we're going to stick to that, and do that. And that feels true to the character for me."

Patrick Stewart, who played Professor Charles Xavier alongside Jackman since 2000, agreed.  Though he'd previously hinted he wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to Professor X, Stewart said watching Logan the week before with Jackman in Berlin changed his mind.

"It occurred to me as we watched the credits roll, there will never be a more perfect way to say goodbye to this franchise than this movie," said Stewart.

Logan opens nationwide Friday.

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Universal(NEW YORK) -- It was a mixed bag for new movies at the box office this weekend.  Get Out, the horror/comedy from Key & Peele's Jordan Peele, reigned supreme with an estimated $30.5 million debut, according to Box Office Mojo. But it was a different story for the other two new entries, Rock Dog and Collide, which  failed to crack the top 10.

Get Out, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams as an interracial couple visiting her mysterious family estate, has already topped Peele's last effort with his Key & Peele partner Keegan-Michael Key, last year's comedy Keanu, which collected $20.6 million for its entire domestic run.

Get Out toppled The LEGO Batman Movie, which falls to second place this week in its third week of release, earning an estimated $19 million and bringing its domestic total to over $130 million, and its worldwide total to $226 million. However, it still has a way to go to match the first LEGO Movie's $469 worldwide take.

As for the aforementioned Rock Dog and Collide, they only managed to take in a dismal $3.7 million and $1.53 million, respectively.

La La Land which took home six Oscars, including best actress and best director wins for Emma Stone and Damien Chazelle, respectively, added an additional $4.6 million this weekend, bringing its domestic total to $140.8 million. Lionsgate also announced that La La Land is one of the studio's highest-grossing film internationally and worldwide, second only the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises, which earned $228.1 million and $369 million, respectively.

Hidden Figures mat have been shut out at the Oscars, but it leads 2016's other Best Picture nominees at the box office, adding another $5.7 million this weekend for a $152 million domestic haul $30M worldwide, for a total of $182.8 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Get Out, $30.5 million
2. The LEGO Batman Movie, $19 million
3. John Wick: Chapter 2, $9 million
4. The Great Wall, $8.7
5. Fifty Shades Darker, $7.7 million
6. Fist Fight, $6 million
7. Hidden Figures, $5.87 million
8. La La Land, $4.6 million
9. Split, $4 million
10. Lion, $3.8 million

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ABC/Eddy Chen(LOS ANGELES) -- Moonlight won Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars -- but it was La La Land that  was mistakenly first announced as the winner.

Co-presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read La La Land, right after La La Land star Emma Stone won best actress for her role in the modern-day musical.

"I wasn't trying to be funny," presenter Warren Beatty later added after the real winner was revealed.  As it happened, Beatty had been given the wrong envelope -- the Best Actress envelope -- and that's the one that was read.

After the cast took the stage, a producer for La La Land set things straight, declaring, "Moonlight is the winner ... this is not a joke."

Host Jimmy Kimmel joked and said, "I blame Steve Harvey," alluding to Harvey's gaffe announcing the wrong Miss Universe winner a year ago.

After the mistake, the crowd erupted in surprise and applause for Moonlight, as director and writer Barry Jenkins, the cast and crew dashed on stage to accept the win.

"I have to say and it is true, it's not fake," Jenkins said. "I've been on the road with these guys for so long."

But in his excitement, he made sure to give the movie that was wrongfully announced its due.

"I love La La Land," he said. "Thank you to the Academy, it is so humbling to be standing up there. ... There was a time that I thought this movie was impossible because I couldn't bring it to fruition. ... Everybody behind me on this stage said, 'No, that’s not acceptable,' so I just wanna thank everyone behind me.'"

For his part, Beatty later told the Los Angeles Times, “I looked down at the card and thought, 'This is very strange, because it says best actress.' Maybe there was a misprint. I don't know what happened. And that's all I have to say on the subject.”

PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the official talliers of Oscar votes and keepers of the winners, issued a statement not long after the ceremony ended, declaring, ""We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture.  The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected.  We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.  We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation."

While it lost Best Picture, La La Land did win six awards overall, including Best Actress for Emma Stone, as well as Best Original Song for "City of Stars," Best Original Score and Best Director for Damien Chazelle.  Moonlight, meanwhile, also won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Here are the winners from Sunday night's 89th annual Academy Awards, broadcast live on ABC:

Best Picture

Best Director
Damien Chazelle  -- La La Land

Best Actor
Casey Affleck -- Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress
Emma Stone -- La La Land

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali -- Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis -- Fences

Best Cinematography
Linus Sandgren --  La La Land

Best Documentary Feature
O.J.: Made in America

Best Foreign Language Film
The Salesman, Iran, Asghar Farhadi, director

Best Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -- Colleen Atwood

Best Original Score
La La Land -- Justin Hurwitz

Best Original Song
"City of Stars" -- La La Land

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge

Best Production Design
La La Land -- Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco

Best Animated Feature
Zootopia -- Disney

Best Animated Short
Piper -- Pixar

Best Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge -- John Gilbert

Best Visual Effects
The Jungle Book

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Suicide Squad

Best Original Screenplay
Manchester by the Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay

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ABC/Eddy Chen(LOS ANGELES) -- In his opening monologue as host of the Academy Awards Sunday night, Jimmy Kimmel didn't hold back, poking fun at President Donald Trump, close friend and pretend-enemy Matt Damon, and even Denzel Washington.

Kimmel came out and immediately addressed the elephant in the room. He said that many people had told him that the country is so divided right now he should address it. "I can't do that," he said.

"There's only one 'Braveheart' in the room," he said of Oscar-winner Mel Gibson, who is nominated again this year for directing Hacksaw Ridge. "And he's not going to unite us, either," Kimmel added as the crowd laughed.

Kimmel got more serious then when he said that if everyone watching right now "took a moment to reach out to one person you disagree with and have a positive, considerate conversation ... we could really make America great again."

But just as quickly, the host's jokes began rolling again. Kimmel feigned as if he wanted to bury the hatchet with Matt Damon before making fun of the actor's choice to pass up starring in Manchester by the Sea, only to star in Great Wall, or as he described it, a "Chinese ponytail movie instead and that movie went on to lose $80 million. Smooth move, dumba---."

"When I first met Matt, I was the fat one," he also joked.

Kimmel's first crack on Trump was thanking him because, "remember when last year, the Oscars were considered racist?"

After picking on Oscar nominee Denzel Washington for directing himself in the film Fences, he teased French actress and nominee Isabelle Huppert.

"We didn't see Elle, but we absolutely loved it," he said. "I'm glad Homeland Security let you in tonight," he added, a joke apparently about Trump's order restricting entry into the U.S. of people from seven Muslim-majority countries, which has been put on hold by the courts.

Finally, Kimmel closed with a riff on Meryl Streep, the actress who's nominated for her 20th Oscar this year and whom Trump called overrated after she gave a speech at the Golden Globes that criticized the president without naming him.

"One actress has stood the test of time for her many uninspiring and overrated performances," Kimmel said. "[She's] phoned it in for more than 50 films. This is Meryl's 20th Oscar nomination ... she wasn't even in a movie this year, we just wrote her name in out of habit."

He closed with, "Some of you will [win tonight] and give a speech that the president of the United States will tweet about in all caps."

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ABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) -- If you watched the red carpet coverage of the Oscars Sunday night, one thing you noticed was a lot of celebs were wearing blue lapel ribbons.

As part of a new initiative to support the American Civil Liberties Union, Oscar nominees and other stars were wearing blue ribbons with the organization's name on them.

Among the stars wearing the ribbons as part of the "Stand With ACLU" campaign were Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother, as well as Loving star Ruth Negga and others.

The accessory of the night at the Oscars isn't a shiny designer clutch or a strappy stiletto. It's an @ACLU ribbon.

— NYT Fashion (@NYTFashion) February 27, 2017

The Oscars actually aren't the first event at which celebs have supported the cause, which was just launched. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Manchester by the Sea star Casey Affleck wore a blue ribbon Saturday night at the Independent Spirit Awards. The outlet adds that in the past three months, the organization's membership has doubled and it has raised millions in online donations.

In February, the ACLU announced it would create a "rapid response team" to help those deported or kept out of the United States following President Donald Trump's travel ban, which has since been halted by a federal court judge in Washington state.

As the stars walked the Oscars red carpet, the official ACLU Twitter page shared photos of the celebs wearing the ribbons.

"Who ever thought we'd be fashion icons?" the organization wrote, thanking the celebs for their support.

Who ever thought we'd be fashion icons? #Oscars

— ACLU National (@ACLU) February 26, 2017

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Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Bill Paxton died unexpectedly Sunday following surgery. Paxton, the star of such films as Weird Science, Aliens, Apollo 13, Titanic, Twister, and True Lies, was 61. His famous friends and co-stars took to Twitter to pay tribute to him. Here's a roundup of their comments:

Helen Hunt (Paxton's co-star in Twister) He made [Twister] great--he acted his heart out. What a talented man. My thoughts are with his family.

Lou Diamond Phillips  I am stunned & saddened at the passing of Bill Paxton. I just worked with him recently. A warm and beautiful soul and a talented actor. RIP

Charlize Theron  You were a great friend to me, Bill. AND one of the finest actors to share a set with. Sending so much love to Bill Paxton's family.

Debra Messing So tragic the passing of Bill Paxton. Heartbreaking. What a talent, with so many more years of art to share with us. My love to his family

Tom Hanks  Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man.  A wonderful man... Hanx.

Jamie Lee Curtis (Paxton's True Lies co-star)  Nooooo. Bill Paxton is gone. Such a funny, talented, loving human. Louise & the children & family my ?& support 2 u. #truelies

Rob Lowe In his memory, on this Oscar Sunday, watch One False Move or A Simple Plan to see this lovely leading man, at his finest.   Devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business, Bill Paxton. Renaissance man, raconteur and uniquely American national treasure. His filmography speaks for itself. His friendship was a blessing. My love to Bunny, James and Lydia.

Ron Perlman ...Losing him is a gut punch. Unprocessable. Rest easy b..

Paul Feig   so sad about the passing of Bill Paxton. In film school, we went to the set of Weird Science & he was so nice to us. Such a wonderful guy.

Arnold Schwarzenegger   (Paxton's True Lies co-star) Bill Paxton could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart. My thoughts are with his family.

Gary Sinese  Very sad today to hear the passing of Bill Paxton. My heart goes out to his family & his many friends. Rest In Peace my friend. God bless

Elijah Wood  What a lovely, warm and kind human. So sad to hear of Bill Paxton's passing.

Brett Dalton (Star of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, on which Paxton had a multi-episode arc) I have no words. Bill Paxton didn't just play my mentor on the show, he became one in real life. The world is a sadder place without him.

Ming-Na Wen (Marvel's Agents of SHIELD star) Can't believe he's gone. RIP, Bill Paxton. My heart and prayers go out to his family & loved ones. I'm gonna miss you, buddy!.

Elizabeth Henstridge (Marvel's Agents of SHIELD star) Heartbroken hearing of #BillPaxton , a truly brilliant man. So kind and fun and forever role model. Unbelievable, hug your loved ones xx

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Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joseph Wapner, the judge who rose to fame on TV's The People's Court, has died, according to the Washington Post.  He was 97.

The People's Court,debuting in 1981, was TV's first reality courtroom series.  Wapner presided over the courtroom for 12 seasons during the show's first run in syndication, which ended in 1993. It inspired many other shows, such as Judge Judy and Hot Bench.  He later appeared on Judge Wapner's Animal Court, which ran for two seasons.

Wapner served as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge for 18 years before retiring in 1979.

Wapner became a pop culture figure, most memorably in the 1988 film Rain Man, in which Dustin Hoffman's character, an autistic man, has a constant need to stick to his routines, which include watching The People's Court.  Any time it seems that he will not be able to watch the show, he repeats the time remaining until the show airs -- for example,  "One minute to Wapner" -- again and again.  Wapner also occasionally appeared on TV shows as himself.

In November of 2009, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  A day later, in honor of his 90th birthday, Wapner returned to The People's Court in a one-time-only appearance as a guest judge.

In a 2005 interview with the Archive of American Television, Wapner said he'd like to be "remembered as a judge who acted as a judge should … I want to be remembered in a kindly way, in a positive way, someone who had an influence on the law, the way people act, the way people should act."

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards(NEW YORK) -- Bill Paxton, an actor who developed a following for his roles in films that achieved both mainstream and cult success starting in the 1980s, died Sunday at age 61.

A representative of his family confirmed the death to ABC News.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the statement said. "A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

The statement concludes, "We ask to please respect the family's wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father."

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Paxton became known as a versatile character actor, appearing in an eclectic group of hit films that include Weird Science, Aliens, Apollo 13, Titanic, Twister, and True Lies.

He also won devoted fans for his acting in beloved midnight movies and for his memorable drawl, which at times sounded part Texan and part slacker.

Paxton starred as a sadistic vampire in director Kathryn Bigelow's cult classic Near Dark, and as a quirky bartender in director Walter Hill's Streets of Fire.

Later in his career, he earned a new generation of fans for his leading performance in the HBO drama Big Love, which aired from 2006 to 2011 and earned him four Golden Globe nominations. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his worn in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, and most recently starred in the CBS drama Training Day.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has added comedian-actor Tracy Morgan to its growing roster of comedians with stand-up specials.

The streaming service announced Friday that Morgan has signed on for a new stand-up special, entitled Staying Alive. The special, which was shot at New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre, will debut globally on Tuesday, May 16.

According to Netflix, the show will find the comedian "exploring his fresh take on life, career and mortality" after his near-fatal traffic accident in 2014. This includes Morgan's recovery from a traumatic brain injury, learning how to walk again and tackling new challenges in life.

Morgan has made a strong comeback since his accident. The actor has landed roles in the Ice Cube comedy Fist Fight and the upcoming comedies The ClapperTAG and the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Morgan also is set to lead a new TBS comedy series executive produced by Jordan Peele.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Mahershala Ali and wife Amatus Sami-Karim became the proud parents of their first child, daughter Bari (pronounced Bar-ee) Najma Ali on Friday. 

Mahershala first shared the news about the couple's new bundle of joy on Instagram, showing a picture of Amatus holding Bari in her arms.  

The 43-year-old star is nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his critically acclaimed role in the coming-of-age drama, Moonlight. He has already won a slew of trophies for his role in the film, including a Screen Actors Guild Award, an African-American Film Critics Association Award and a Critics' Choice Movie Award.  

The 89th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs Sunday on ABC.

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